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For the past seven seasons, the tiny house of Rodarte has fascinated high-fashion aficionados with its avant garde, couture-like collections, reminiscent of the theatrical shows associated with Paris designers.

In a cavernous space at the Gagosian Gallery, Rodarte’s sister-act duo, Kate and Laura Mulleavy, delivered an intricate, artsy collection of space-age styles, centered around tight mini dresses and short jackets, featuring a patchwork of fabrics, including leather, silver, tattered lace, lame and deconstructed woolen yarns.The models marched in thigh-high stiletto boots covered with straps and buckles, winding through a maze of foil-covered chairs in front of guests including actress Kirsten Dunst.

Each Rodarte outfit was a high-concept creation, festooned with a slew of textured details that reflect painstaking handmade craftsmanship. It’s little wonder, then, that Rodarte turns out only a few hundred garments each season, which are snapped up by discerning, fashion collectors. — Teri Agins Wall Street Journal

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